A broad recall of dairy products linked to aextends to foods sold at major retailers including Costco, Trader Joe’s and Walmart.
The latest recalled items include dips, dressings, salads and taco kits sold at grocery chains and follow the recall of nearly 60 cheese and dairy products by Modesto, Calif.-based Rizo-López Foods , earlier this week. It came as federal health officials said new evidence linked the company’s products to a listeria outbreak first detected nearly a decade ago.
At least 26 people in 11 states have been affected by the ongoing outbreak, with the last illness occurring in December, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One person died in California in 2017 and another death occurred in Texas in 2020, the CDC said.
Fresh Express announced Friday the recall of two salad kits containing condiment packs containing the recalled cheese.
Sold in stores in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Utah and Wyoming, Fresh Express Salsa! Marketside Southwest Ensalada Salad and Chopped Salad Kits have use-by dates ranging from January 6, 2024 to February 20, 2024, according to the notice issued by the Food and Drug Administration.
The recalled products contain condiment packets with expiration dates ranging from February 28, 2024 to April 4, 2024, it added.
The new recalls also include products sold at Albertson’s, Costco, HEB and Trader Joe’s after Fresh Creative Foods – a unit of Reser’s Fine Foods – recalled an assortment of salad dressings, sauces and a street taco meal kit (see the list of recalled foods here.)
Salad kits sold at Costco, Walmart and Winco are also being recalled because they contain Rizo-López cheese, Ready Pac Foods, based in Irwindale, California, said Thursday. The potentially contaminated kits were distributed by Ready Pac in 15,751 cases manufactured between December 2023 and February this year.
Additionally, BrightFarms of Irvington, New York, is recalling Southwest Chipotle salad kits with expiration dates between December 13, 2023 and February 22, 2024 because they contain potentially contaminated cotija cheese, according to a notice from the company published by the FDA.
The affected cheese is enclosed in the kits and has a best before date of March 27, 2024. The recalled products were sold by retailers in Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, from New York and North Carolina. , Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington DC
The investigation into the outbreak is ongoing, according to the FDA.
Consumers are urged to throw away the recalled products. Surfaces and containers that come into contact with products should be disinfected, as listeria can survive in refrigerated environments and spread.
According to the CDC, listeria is most likely to affect pregnant people and newborns, people 65 and older, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of infection usually appear within two weeks after eating contaminated food and may include fever, muscle aches, nausea, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. More severe cases may also include headaches, neck stiffness, confusion, loss of balance, and seizures.
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